RUSSELL C. ANDERSON, 88 ROCKFORD - Russell C. Anderson, 88, of Rockford died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 11, 1924, in Rockford, son of Carl G. and Martha (Behnke) Anderson. A veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as Sergeant in the 75th Division Company C. Squad in World War II. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart and Ribbon in the European Campaign. Graduated from Northwestern with bachelor's and masters degrees. Married his loving wife, Rita Ann Havlik, on July 6, 1968, in Rockford. While at Northwestern, Russ played with the Chicago Symphony. He was a trumpet soloist at the Lutheran church, a music teacher at Oregon High School for four years, and at East and Auburn High School until 1960. He also taught at Wilson Middle School, then back to East/Lincoln. He was the supervisor of music for district 205 until his retirement in 1984. After retiring, he started his own business, Anderson Pool Service. A faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at the perpetual adoration chapel. He was also a member of the REA and the ISEA. The family wishes to thank the following people for all their wonderful care and support they have shown Russ and Rita: Julie Oddo; the staffs at RMH, Van Matre Rehabilitation Center and Rosewood Nursing Home; and the parishioners and staff at Holy Family Catholic Church. Survivors include loving wife, Rita; children, Anne (Terry) Webb, Russell (Julie) Anderson, Kris (Erika) Anderson and Katherine (Mark) Taber; grandchildren, Christopher (Joan) Webb, Courtney (Adam) DeRemer and Maeve Anderson; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Lauren Webb, and Brynn DeRemer; brother, Carl E. Anderson; and brother-in-law, David Havlik. Predeceased by parents; daughter, Mary; first wife, Eloise; and sisters-in-law, Leta Anderson and Judy Havlik. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, with entombment in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with rosary service recited at 7 p.m. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church. Memorials in his name for Masses to be said at Holy Family Catholic Church. Express condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012